Say goodbye to community captions, one of YouTube’s oldest features. According to Google, less than 0.001% of channels publish community-submitted captions, and most captions submitted through the program are spam or abuse. The program will end on September 28th, 2020.
Before the days of auto-captioning and translating algorithms, YouTube videos relied on a Community Contributions system to source accurate video transcriptions. Viewers could submit a transcription, which would become official after review by other YouTubers or a video’s uploader.